Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum has a unique storytelling style with crisp dialogues and interesting music, but if critics are to be believed, the film could have done better in the script department. Read on for critics' report on the movie.
Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama notes that the editing of the film could have been sharper. He says, "Rohan Sippy has given the film his all. He has a unique style of telling a story, which is evident all through the film. But he's letdown by the screenplay writing in the second hour. The highpoints of the film include crisp dialogue and a popular soundtrack [music: Pritam]. The title track has already caught on and will prove to be a major crowdpuller, though there's a sizable section of cineastes who loathe its lyrics. 'Thayn Thayn' is catchy, but the placement of this song should've been better. Amit Roy's cinematography is top notch. In fact, the film bears a stunning look all through. Background score [Midival Punditz] is electrifying. Editing could've been sharper. Clocking in at roughly 2 hour and 05 minutes, it's much longer than it should be."
The film is also a visual delight, which captures the spirit of Goa. Writes Kaveree Bamzai, India Today, "From red-lipped Russian procurers to suntanned Brazilian good time girls, from sharp suited dialobical Goans to white trash Englishmen, the film captures Goa's edginess. Watch it for the most shocking torture scenes, one involving a gun, a condom and lots of red chilli; a sophisticated sadness from Bachchan; and some cracklingly fine dialogues: na thaka hai, na bika hai, bas tika hai (I'm not tired, or sold, just still here)."
Dialogues of the film are interesting enough to keep the audiences engaged, but some of them come at inappropriate time. Sonia Chopra, Sify writes, "Dialogue is a mixed bag-there are nice lines and some puzzling ones. For example, there are lines with a pun delivered by the character as it the pun was unintended - "Ye air-hostess ban na chahti hai, par take off nahin ho raha hai." Then there is a spin on the popular bangla-gaadi-maa dialogue where the word maa is punned upon, but it appears at the most inappropriate time (the character who writes this dialogue has his life in danger and would hardly be making jokes). If the attempt was at edgy black humour, it's lost on the viewer."
The film, however, will make for an entertaining watch as Anupama Chopra, NDTV notes, "Dum Maaro Dum has all the ingredients of crackling entertainment: a sun-kissed but suitably seamy location: Goa. A subject that works as an anti-drug cautionary tale but also provides ample opportunity to revel in the gritty glamour of rave parties, cocaine and formidably toned women wearing as little as possible. A director - Rohan Sippy - who has an edgy sensibility and loves stylistic flourishes. An actor - Abhishek Bachchan - who is channeling his father's Angry Young Man along with the unhinged, suicidal Mel Gibson from the Lethal Weapon series. And of course the irresistible title, which comes from an iconic song that four decades later, still has the power to seduce instantly."
The performances of all the actors are applauded and Abhishek Bachchan has managed to impress as cop again after Dhoom. Says Taran Adarsh, "Abhishek is super in the role of a tough cop whose life undergoes a U-turn when personal tragedy strikes. He projects the varied emotions such as rage, turmoil, helplessness, anxiety without going overboard. Much of the joy comes from watching Rana Daggubati infuse believability into his character. He's easy on the eyes and is a complete natural when it comes to acting. Bipasha shines in several moments of the film. Prateik [credited as special appearance in the titles] impresses a great deal. Aditya Pancholi is first-rate. Anaitha Nair does well in a brief role. Govind Namdeo is in terrific form. Muzammil [as Mercy] does a fair job. Gulshan Devaiya is tremendous. Hussain is okay. Vidya Balan [cameo] is alright. Deepika scorches the screen in the title track."
Says Nikhat Kazmi, The Times of India, "There's something about Abhishek Bachchan and his cop act. It always works, unlike most of his other screen avatars. Till date, Dhoom remains one of his most memorable performances, where his savoir faire as the sassy policeman stood up commendably to the charisma of the bad guys, John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan. Dum Maaro Dum reiterates the fact that Abhishek seems to be a natural charmer when it comes to slipping into the shoes of a quintessential somewhat crooked-somewhat straight cop. His body language, his dialogue rendition, his lazy zeal and laidback attitude, adds a cutting edge to the character of ACP Vishnu Kamath, Goa's desi Bruce Willis (Diehard) who plays the game according to his own rules."